Now finally yesterday I installed OpenSUSE 11.2 on my notebook (this one).
Installation went very smooth, and it seems all the hardware components were recognized automatically, 3D graphics, even WLAN.
Only issue, it still seems modern networking (aka networkmanager) doesn't like me. Or I am too stupid.
So once again I tried to use networkmanager, from a KDE4 workspace (correct term ? I didn't look up...)
So, what happened.
Then I looked at the networkmanager applet (correct term ?) in the panel.
There I saw the eth0 connection as active. So far good. This was correct. I tried to disable it. So I clicked on that icon. It activated the already active connection again. Hmm. I didn't find a way to disable it.
So I tried to get a wireless connection first.
The eth0 connection also said "system connection", so I thought maybe that's way I can't disable it. So I went to yast, which told me "networking is managed by network manager, you can't change the settings here".
So I gave up on network manager once more.
So, back to yast, I switched to traditional networking (ifup/ifdown) and "Manual" activation of the interfaces (since I didn't find a way to specify that eth0 should be active if plugged in, but if not plugged in, it should try wlan, and disable wlan again if eth0 is plugged in).
So, obvious next step, I manually enabled eth (ifup), went to yast again, installed the failed packages and also manually selected kinternet, and voila, basically I got it working.
So now I have eth0 and wlan0 working nicely, and can enable/disable them via kinternet.
The big good news about this: SUSE automatically chose a working kernel module for my wlan card. That's the first time with this notebook, SUSE 11.1 chose a non-working one, and so did the factory-installed kubuntu. Now this time it was just working :-)
Anything else I could complain about... hmm... not much.
Beside all that, together with some FreeBSD, Solaris, kdeutils and Kitware guys we are in the process of setting up Nightly builds for several KDE modules using CDash, look for the the kde-related projects at http://my.cdash.org, hosted by Kitware.
Happy new year
P.S. this year I won't be at FOSDEM, but most probably Akademy :-)